Dallas Cowboys fans are everywhere. During my forty years of fandom, I have had the pleasure (and displeasure) of crossing paths with many other Dallas Cowboy fans. I thought it would be fun to describe some of the different fan types I have encountered.
The groupings on the following list are not meant to be mutually exclusive. Of course, it is possible for the characteristics of some fans to overlap into more than one group. Similarly, the list is fluid, as fans certainly tend to evolve over time. Some fans may start out in one group but later transition to another group as they get older. Without further ado, here are the most common Dallas Cowboy fans you are likely to see.
The Homer Type
This is the most common type of sports fan. Things are very straightforward for such people. They simply root for whoever represents the places they are from. If they are from northern Texas, they will most certainly bestow their unconditional love upon Cowboys nation.
Their fandom can have different levels of passion. Homers can consist of diehard and fair-weather fans. The common element for this group is that the teams they cheer for are part of the identity of the community in which they were raised.
The Emotional Type
These Dallas Cowboys fans are ultra-emotional and have lost all sense of objectivity when it comes to their team. Even if Dak throws three picks in a game, they will insist that he did not play badly. The fans in this group are passionate and fiercely loyal. Twitter is crawling with such fanatics. They will battle anyone who says anything remotely negative about their beloved Cowboys.
Things are quite simple for them. They love the Cowboys, so the Cowboys are the best! Besides those in the homer group, this type is among the most likely to go overboard in collecting Cowboys’ memorabilia.
The Social/Cultural Type
The Dallas Cowboys are America’s team. With that, they get a lot of national love and hate. Some people like to throw themselves into that kind of cultural tug of war.
Such fans also tend to root for other teams with national followings in other sports such as the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Lakers. These fans may also be emotional and homer types as well. However, more than anything, they root for the Cowboys because of the great cultural reach and social connections it offers them.
The Bandwagon Type
Depending on their age, this group of Dallas Cowboys fans may have started liking the Cowboys when they were the team of the 90s. Such fans love to be part of a winner. Although the Cowboys have not won any Super Bowls since that time, they have had some very good seasons from time to time. Thus, even the younger crowd can be part of this bandwagon group.
It is rather simple. When the Cowboys are good, they pay attention and make noise. However, in the lean years, such fans are nowhere to be seen. All fan bases have such fair-weather fans, but the Cowboys seem to have more than most.
The Critical Type
These fans may be too smart for their own good. Although they love their team, they always seem to be waiting for something bad to happen. The reasons for this are twofold.
First, many of these fans have experienced countless disappointments over the years and seem to have lost faith. Second, some fans try to take their football analysis to an almost intellectual level. These are the Monday morning quarterbacks that we hear so much about.
They seem to have no qualms about passing judgment and criticizing players and coaches after the fact. It is almost as if they think they could do better if they had the opportunity. They also seem to feel it is within their right to tell Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones how to run his team.
Thank you for reading Five Types Of Dallas Cowboys Fans! I really enjoyed making this list, and hope I was able to make you smile. Make sure to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook to let me know what kind of Dallas Cowboys fan you are and/or if you think there are any glaring omissions from my list.
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